|Publication number||US7990395 B2|
|Application number||US 12/854,571|
|Publication date||Aug 2, 2011|
|Filing date||Aug 11, 2010|
|Priority date||Jul 22, 2005|
|Also published as||CN1901717A, CN100563363C, EP1746812A2, EP1746812A3, US7800633, US8228344, US20070018957, US20110012923, US20110254858, WO2008020655A1|
|Publication number||12854571, 854571, US 7990395 B2, US 7990395B2, US-B2-7990395, US7990395 B2, US7990395B2|
|Original Assignee||Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (19), Non-Patent Citations (1), Classifications (13), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a Continuation application of Ser. No. 11/491,686, which was filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Jul. 24, 2006, and claims priority to an application entitled “Method for Setting Basic Display Screen In Mobile Terminal” filed with the Korean Intellectual Property Office on Jul. 22, 2005 and assigned Serial No. 2005-0067032, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a mobile terminal, and more particularly to a method for setting a basic display screen in a mobile terminal.
2. Description of the Related Art
A “basic display screen” of a mobile terminal refers to a picture displayed in a standby mode of the mobile terminal. Generally, a basic display screen includes multiple status indicators and a background image. The status indicators show any function set in the mobile terminal, status information and any event that has occurred in the mobile terminal. The status indicators include indicators of signal strength, incoming call alert mode, alarm setting, arrival of a text message, function currently set in the mobile terminal, current date and time, battery level and so on. Events occurring in relation to the operation of the mobile terminal, such as an alarm, an incoming call and arrival of a text message, can be indicated on the display screen using relevant status indicators.
Typically, such status indicators are displayed at the top of the screen in a size too small to be easily readable. In other words, the typical indicators have low information readability. In particular, users may have difficulty in reading the small indicators. Also, users may become bored with the indicators which are simple fixed images.
An image stored in a mobile terminal, an image taken using a built-in camera of a mobile terminal, a downloaded image or a simple flash image is generally set as background for a basic display screen in the standby mode. Users cannot set more creative images satisfying their demand for distinctiveness and expression of individuality. Accordingly, they become easily bored with a background image set for a basic display screen.
Accordingly, the present invention has been made to solve the above-mentioned problems occurring in the prior art, and an object of the present invention is to provide a method for setting a basic display screen in a mobile terminal, which can improve readability of status indicators displayed on the basic display screen.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a method for setting a basic display screen with various background images in a mobile terminal.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide a method for setting a basic display screen in a mobile terminal, which enables the display of status indicators using various images other than those fixed for the respective indicators according to status information.
In order to accomplish the above objects of the present invention, there is provided a method for setting a basic display screen in a mobile terminal, including: selecting a display image for each of a plurality of status indicators from a plurality of previously stored display images corresponding to associated status indicators; selecting a display image from a plurality of images previously stored as background elements of the basic display screen; and setting the locations of the selected images on the basic display screen.
The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be more apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings. In the following description of the present invention, a detailed description of known functions and configurations incorporated herein will be omitted when it may make the subject matter of the present invention unclear.
The control unit 11 controls overall operations of the mobile terminal.
The display unit 15 displays various information and an image received from a base station or stored in the memory 13 under the control of the control unit 11.
The key input unit 17 is provided with keys numbered 0 to 9, a # key, a * key, a direction key and a plurality of function keys (such as menu, select, send, cancel, on/off and volume keys) for performing various functions available in the mobile terminal. The key input unit 17 transmits data corresponding to a key pressed by a user to the control unit 11. Each of the keys numbered 0 to 9 is assigned a plurality of alphabetic characters.
The RF module 21 transmits and receives RF signals to and from the base station through an antenna. The RF module 21 modulates a signal inputted from the control unit 11 through the baseband processor 19 and transmits the modulated RF signal through the antenna. Also, the RF unit 21 demodulates an RF signal received through the antenna and transfers the signal to the control unit 11 through the baseband processor 19. The baseband processor 19 processes baseband signals transmitted or received between the RF module 21 and the control unit 11.
The voice processor 23 connected to the control unit 11, the microphone connected to the voice processor 23, and the speaker are all used during a phone call or voice recording.
The memory 13 stores programs for any processing or control by the control unit 11, reference data, updateable data and various types of multimedia data to serve as a working memory for the control unit 11. According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the memory 13 includes a status indicator image database 25 and a background image database 27.
The status indicator image database 25 can store various images that can be used as status indicators. The status indicators can indicate the current status of the mobile terminal and any function currently set in the mobile terminal. The status indicators can show any event occurring in relation to the operation of the mobile terminal or the current status of the mobile terminal, and any event processing results as well. Status information showing the current status of the mobile terminal can include, for example, signal strength, incoming call alert mode, alarm setting, arrival of a text message, function currently set in the mobile terminal, current date and time, battery level, etc. Events occurring in relation to the operation of the mobile terminal or reflecting the current status of the mobile terminal can include, for example, generation of an alarm, receiving of an incoming call, arrival of a text message, battery discharge, a change in signal strength, etc. According to the present invention, various indicator images relating to the status or events of the mobile terminal can be stored in the status indicator image database 25. The indicator images stored in the status indicator image database 25 may be easily readable to show the corresponding status or events. For example, a flower image as well as a conventional antenna image can be stored as signal-strength indicator images. A water bottle or fishbowl image can be stored as a battery level indicator. A wall-clock image can be stored as a time indicator. Also, a detachable note paper image or a neon sign image can be stored as an indicator showing a text message arrival or a missed call.
In order to exactly show the current status or event occurring in the mobile terminal, various versions (i.e. slightly modified images) of each indicator image can be stored. For example, three versions of a water bottle image (a filled water bottle image, a half-filled water bottle image and an empty water bottle image) can be stored to show the battery level.
The background image database 27 stores various background element images that can be included in a background of the basic display screen. The background elements can include wallpapers, furniture, dolls, characters, picture frames and other elements for decorating the background. In other words, the background image database 27 can store various wallpaper images, furniture images, doll images, character images, frame images, etc.
Hereinafter, a process of setting a basic display screen in a mobile terminal will be explained with reference to
Subsequently, the control unit 11 detects whether the user inputs a key to designate the display location of the selected indicator image in step 117. If such a key is inputted, the control unit 11 can proceed to step 119 in order to set the display location of the selected indicator image according to the user's input and then terminate the status indicator setting process. If the user does not input a key to designate the display location of the selected indicator, the control unit 11 can proceed to step 133 in order to set the display location of the selected indicator image according to the default setting.
The process explained above is carried out to set a display image of a specific status indicator on the basic display screen. Hereinafter, a process of setting a background of the basic display screen will be explained with reference to steps 121 to 133 of
A process of displaying a basic display screen will be described with reference to
For example, if the event detected in step 205 is arrival of a text message, the control unit 11 can determine that the display of the status indicators should be changed to include a preset display image of a text message arrival indicator. If a detachable note paper image was previously set as the display image of the text message arrival indicator, the control unit 11 can display the detachable note paper image indicating the arrival of a new text message at a previously set location on the basic display screen in step 209. If the event detected in step 205 is a change of signal strength from normal to a lower level, the control unit 11 can determine that the current display image of the signal strength indicator should be changed to reflect the lowered signal strength. If a flower image was previously set as the display image of the signal strength indicator, the control unit 11 can change the display image of the signal strength indicator from, for example, a fresh flower to a withered flower in step 209.
A basic display screen which can be set through the above process is illustrated in
As explained above, the mobile terminal according to the present invention stores a plurality of indicator images corresponding to each of a plurality of status indicators, and a plurality of images which can be used as background elements. The user can set a basic display screen by selecting desired display images of respective status indicators and various background element images. The indicator images changing with the change of status or according to the user's selection are easily readable and give pleasure to the user.
Although preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described for illustrative purposes, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various modifications, additions and substitutions are possible, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as disclosed in the accompanying claims, including the full scope of equivalents thereof.
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|U.S. Classification||345/629, 455/566, 715/835|
|International Classification||H04M1/00, G09G5/00, G06F3/048, H04B1/38|
|Cooperative Classification||H04M1/12, H04M1/72544, H04M1/72563|
|European Classification||H04M1/12, H04M1/725F1G, H04M1/725F2|